Test Your Wildflower ID Skills

(Thanks to Sarah Riley for these wonderful wildflower photos from early July on the MRG.)

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Can you match the photo to the name of the flower?

These flowers include: St. John’s Wort, Queen Anne’ Lace, Climbing Nightshade, Fleabane, Yarrow, Red Clover, Crown Vetch, Jewelweed, Common Milkweed, and Chicory. Scroll down for answers below.

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Answers: #1 Common Milkweed, #2 Fleabane, #3 Chicory, #4 St. John’s Wort, #5 Queen Anne’s Lace, #6 Crown Vetch, #7 Climbing Nightshade, #8 Jewelweed, #9 Yarrow, #10 Red Clover

Tunnel Grand Opening Postponed!

The forecast for tomorrow afternoon, July 8, is RAIN! The Grand Opening of the tunnel is being rescheduled for the following Thursday, July 15, 2021. Event are likely to start at the eastern end of the tunnel (behind Village Pizza.) There is a possibility that the tunnel will be open for use this weekend – stay tuned!

Grand Opening of the Tunnel!

Thursday, July 8: 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Lebanon Tunnel (under the Mall and Village Pizza)

Celebration includes:

“The River” radio station live broadcast

Public Art proposals

Sidewalk Chalk

Scavenger Hunt

Bike Rodeo (Omer Bobs bike checks, helmet giveaway, bike registrations, safety obstacle course, e-bike loan signups)

4pm Guided bike ride for kids along MRG

5pm Hear all about the big project

5:15pm Mayor remarks

5:20pm Ribbon cutting

6:00 Group dog walk*

*if you would like to join the dog walk, please email recreation@lebanonnh.gov

~ Dogs should be comfortable on leash around other dogs and distractions.

~ Dogs should not be fearful/reactive/anxious on leash in new environments or around heavy distractions.

Most events will start at the eastern end of the tunnel, behind Village Pizza.

Farmers’ Market also on Colburn Park 4-7pm

Front Porch Concert at 7pm: Cold Chocolate

www.LebanonNH.gov/tunnel

Tunnel (in blue) runs from the MRG Pocket Park behind Goss Logan Insurance to the parking lot behind Village Pizza on the downtown Lebanon Mall.

Weed Warrior on the MRG Pollinator Corridor!

For good things to happen, it often takes a village . . . but weeding the mini-meadow pollinator garden on the Goss Logan hillside required a village with a mountain goat. . . or at least a sure-footed 13-year old. Too steep for elder gardeners to negotiate the slope, we had the good fortune of an able-bodied student who needed 2 1/2 hours of community service to complete her end-of-year commitment. Extensive weeding, laying down cardboard, and mulching with wood chips . . . Melanie did an excellent job, while her elders weeded, deadheaded, and transplanted below, all in preparation for the Grand Opening of the tunnel on July 8th!

Lebanon Tunnel Grand Opening Event on July 8th

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Exciting news! We are pleased to announce that work on the Downtown Lebanon Tunnel Project is nearly complete and a grand opening event will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2021 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. 

This event will include live radio by “The River”, public art voting, sidewalk chalk, a scavenger hunt, and a bike rodeo that includes: bike checks by Omer & Bob’s, helmets giveaway, bike registrations, a bike safety obstacle course, and e-bike loan signups. 

Pre-registration is not required for this event. Masks will not be required but are recommended for people who are not fully vaccinated.

Schedule of Events

  • 4:00pm: Mascoma River Greenway Bike Ride
  • 5:00pm: Hear Here the Engineer
  • 5:15pm: Mayor Remarks
  • 5:20pm Ribbon Cutting
  • 6:00pm Group Dog Walk
  • 7:00pm: Front Porch Concert by Cold Chocolate

Prepared food will be available at the Lebanon Farmers’ Market from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. 

We look forward to celebrating this exciting, new addition with you! If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact the Recreation, Arts, and Parks Department

Additional Information

Are you wondering where the Downtown Tunnel is located? Please review the following aerial photo to see where the tunnel is located in relation to Colburn Park and the Lebanon Mall. The blue line indicates where the tunnel will run below the Lebanon Mall parking area and Hanover Street. To learn more about the Tunnel Project, please visit LebanonNH.gov/Tunnel.

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Progress!

The MRG tunnel has been paved and is looking good! A Grand Opening Celebration is being planned for July 8, 2021, but there will be access to the tunnel before that date. Stay tuned! We are well on our way to linking to the Northern Rail Trail and parts South.

Inspired? Call to Artists for a Tunnel Vision!

RSVP for Artist Tour

The Lebanon, NH Arts and Culture Commission is looking for artists to design, fabricate, and install a public art installation and/or mural in the newly renovated Downtown Lebanon Pedestrian Tunnel. The Tunnel is located beneath Hanover Street and the Lebanon Mall, with entrances near Goss Logan Insurance (western entrance) and the Ledyard Charter School (eastern entrance). Artists are encouraged to select themes related to Lebanon’s history, geography, natural environment, and recreational activities. (Artists also may, but are not required to, use railroad spikes left over from the development of the Mascoma Greenway.) The tunnel is 350 feet long and the walls are generally 18 feet in height. Installations and murals can be on the walls within the tunnel, with the exception of the granite stones on the eastern end. Artwork should exist within the physical structure of the tunnel without necessarily taking up the whole tunnel. In order to submit an application artists MUST RSVP for the artist tour.
Learn more and RSVP for the tour. And check out Rails to Trails info on public art for some background and inspiration.

Thanks to Hypertherm – New Signage!

The Mascoma River Greenway is a unique trail for the Upper Valley, and we want signage that celebrates that uniqueness. Hypertherm HOPE Foundation is already a financial donor to the MRG, and they stepped up their game by volunteering to cut these signs, using their patented Plasma cutting machinery, right here in Lebanon. These signs give a tip of the hat to the industrial history of the railroad corridor, while also giving thanks to the major donors that helped create our popular Greenway.

Sadly, some of these signs were vandalized the day after they were installed. Please, if you see something, say something. We appreciate the communities’ eyes and ears open for us.

Paul Coats, Lebanon Recreation, Arts, and Parks


							

New Life!

Alder Catkins – photo by Sarah Riley

Have you spotted new life on the MRG this Spring?

These flowers are Alder catkins with elongated male catkins on the same plant as shorter female catkins. They often emerge before leaves appear and are mainly wind-pollinated, but also visited by bees.

Mascoma River Greenway Survey Results

The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission (UVLSRPC) has finished compiling and analyzing the data for the Mascoma River Greenway. Survey results are hosted here at www.uvlsrpc.org/rail-trails. Many thanks to Colin Smith for his work on the dashboard. #railtotrail #MRG #railstotrails #railstotrailsconservancy #connectlebtowestleb 

MRG Survey results for data including rail trail data for the MRG.